Netanyahu’s Congressional Rant

Netanyahu’s Congressional Rant
by Stephen Lendman
He last addressed a joint congressional session on May 24, 2011. At the time, Haaretz writer Gideon Levy called it a rant “filled with lies on top of lies and illusions heaped on illusions.”
Netanyahu never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do the wrong thing. He praised Israel’s nonexistent democracy.
Critics denounced its business as usual policy. Its brutalizing occupation harshness. Wars against defenseless civilians at its discretion. Subjugating millions of Arabs ruthlessly for not being Jews.
A previous article explained why Netanyahu chose now to address Congress – a combination of political campaigning ahead of March 17 Israeli elections and a deliberate effort to sabotage Iranian P5+1 talks.
One thing alone is sure. He did more to damage relations with America than any previous Israeli leader. Neocons in Washington supporting him compound it.
Paul Craig Roberts noted a disturbing Andy Borowitz New Yorker article. He headlined “Boehner Calls Netanyahu Closest Ally in Fight Against Obama.”
It reflects the lunacy gripping Washington perhaps one day heading toward destroying us. So does a second right-wing National Review article Roberts spotted titled “Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us.”
Thankfully levelheadedness still exists. A New York Times ad headlined “No, Mr. Netanyahu – You do not speak for American Jews.”
“The American People Do Not Want a War with Iran.” Noted American Jews and others signed it. 
Millions of Americans would have if given a chance. Likely billions of people worldwide – including most Israelis.
Netanyahu, like-minded Israelis, and lunatics in Washington may risk all on nuclear war. Humanity’s greatest challenge is stopping them before their megalomania kills everyone.
Netanyahu’s congressional address continued where his AIPAC rant left off. He lied claiming Israel defended itself from Hamas rockets last summer.
It launched cold, calculated, well-planned naked aggression against a largely civilian Gazan population. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets.
It had everything to do with preventing Palestinian self-determination and unity as well as maintaing brutalizing militarized occupation harshness.
Netanyahu repeated tired old Big Lies as expected. He segued from one to another. His own Mossad explains a nonexistent iranian threat he hypes ad nauseam.
Claiming a modern-day “Persian potentate” threatens Israel’s survival is polar opposite truth. No legitimate evidence corroborates his Big Lie. 
Nothing suggests Iran threatens anyone. Plenty proves a US/Israeli/UK alliance menaces humanity – the real axis of evil.
Iran and other peace-loving nations oppose their rage for war – one after another against fictitious enemies to satiate their maniacal craze for unchallenged dominance.
Don’t expect Netanyahu to explain. He absurdly compared Iran to Nazi Germany saying its “regime” is not merely a Jewish problem any more than” Nazis were one.
It “poses a grave threat (to) the entire world.” It’s hard imagining anyone believing these reckless Big Lies demanding denunciation.
Most congressional members applaud it. Israel is nuclear armed and dangerous. Fascist ideologues control things. 
They threaten regional peace and stability. Perhaps humanity if their rogue agenda isn’t stopped.
Netanyahu turned truth on its head claiming Israel and America support “life, liberty” and other fundamental freedoms.
At the same time, he lied saying Iran’s founding document “pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad.” 
He recklessly blamed Tehran for US/Israeli regional crimes. He viciously and irresponsibly claimed its “goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights (stolen from Syria) are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror.”
He lied saying “(b)acked by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians.”
Fact: Israel partners with Obama’s proxy war on Syria.
Fact: He wants an Israeli rival removed.
Fact: He wants pro-Western stooge governance replacing sovereign Syrian independence.
Fact: He uses Pentagon/CIA recruited, armed, funded, trained and directed iSIS fighters as proxy US foot soldiers.
Fact: They’re cold-blooded cutthroat terrorists.
Fact: Israel treats their wounded so they can go back and kill more Syrians. It provides arms and other support.
Despite no corroborating evidence whatever, Netanyahu ludicrously claimed “for the last 36 years, Iran (conducted) attacks against the United States.”
If true, war between both countries would have erupted years ago. 
Even jaded congressional members know Netanyahu’s claim about Iran “killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan” is pure rubbish.
Yet they dutifully applauded instead of demanding he leave their chamber and never return. No regional country is responsible for more mass slaughter, destruction and state terror than Israel.
The entire Congress knows what not a single profile in courage among 535 members will admit.
Netanyahu’s Big Lie urging congressional members to “stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror” was followed by rousing applause.
“Iran’s regime is as radical as ever,” Netanyahu ranted. It “will always be an enemy of America.”
He disgracefully compared its government to ISIS – saying they’re “competing for the crown of militant islam.”
He cut to the chase lying about it “soon (to) be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.”
He ignored Israel’s nuclear arsenal and long-range delivery capability it threatens to use at its discretion.
“I’ll say it one more time,” he ranted. “The greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of (Iranian) militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”
Fact: Humanity’s greatest threat is a US/UK/Israeli axis of evil threatening everyone with mass destruction.
Fact: Iran’s commitment for world peace and stability goes unheralded.
Netanyahu finds new ways to lie about its peaceful nuclear program. He shamelessly says successful P5+1 talks “will not prevent (it) from developing nuclear weapons.”
They’ll “all but guarantee that (it) gets those weapons, lots of them” – despite ample evidence showing its nuclear program is entirely peaceful with no military component.
How does Netanyahu know he’s right and sophisticated US and Israeli intelligence are wrong? “You can Google it,” he claims.
You can’t make this stuff up. According to him, Googling will reveal top secret information spy sleuths don’t know.
How he spews these lies with a straight face he’ll have to explain. He claimed any deal with Iran will leave its “vast nuclear infrastructure” in place.
It’s no different from dozens of other countries operating nuclear reactors for commerial power. Iran conforms fully with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provisions. 
Israel refuses to sign the benchmark treaty. It wants its open secret left unexamined. It ludicrously claims any deal leaves Iran “with a short break-out time to the bomb.”
No evidence whatever substantiates it – or other Netanyahu Big Lies about Iran’s legitimate nuclear program.
“According to the deal (being discussed), not a single nuclear facility would be demolished,” he ranted. 
“Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.”
“Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, (its) break-out time would be very short – about a year by US assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.”
In 2012, Netanyahu claimed Iran would have a nuclear weapon in 3 to 6 months. Nothing he says holds water. Malicious Big Lies substitute for honest hard truths. 
His longstanding anti-Iranian position reflects his desire for unchallenged regional hegemony. Achieving it requires eliminating all rivals – principally Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Claiming a fabricated Iranian nuclear threat is red-herring cover for wanting their governments replaced by pro-Western stooge ones.
The entire Congress knows Netanyahu’s dirty game – the same one they play in America’s pursuit for unchallenged global dominance.
It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Either we stop these lunatics or they’ll kill everyone. Their hegemonic madness may end life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at 
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